With the school summer holidays in full swing, we’ve taken a look back at childhood memories of being off school for six weeks in Edinburgh.
Day trips to Burntisland, Portobello Beach and the zoo were staples for kids in Edinburgh during the school summer holidays, with board games and kids TV always needed when the inevitable Scottish rain ruined your plans for a day out at the park with your friends, while Fringe Sunday and the Festival Cavalcade were always highlights.
5. Edinburgh Festival Cavalcade
The parade along Princes Street every year ahead of the Fringe was always a big deal during the school summer holidays, with thousands lining the route to soak in the colour, sights and sounds of the cavalcade. Photo: DENIS STRAUGHAN
6. Edinburgh Zoo
The best outdoor attraction to visit during the school summer holiday had to be, and still is, the zoo. So much to do, with the (sometimes) added bonus of the sun. Pictured, a keeper sprays water to cool down the penguins at Edinburgh Zoo during the summer of 1975. Photo: Jack Crombie
A train journey to Burntisland was always a highlight of the school summer holidays, with the journey over the Forth Rail Bridge a thrill itself, before hitting the shows, the beach and of course the trampolines. The above photo was taken during the Burntisland Games in 1965. Photo: National World
A visit to The National Museum of Scotland at Chambers Street was kind to mum and dad's bank balance give it was and still is free, with so much to do and learn there. Photo: Andrew Stuart